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Great Tapestry of Scotland will 'regenerate' new home Galashiels

Artist impression of the Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre Photo: Scottish Borders Council

Planning permission has been granted to create a new home for the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels.

Work on the £6.7m project will begin next year and it is due to open in spring 2020.

It is expected to attract more than 50,000 people to Galashiels each year and create 16 jobs.

Under the plans the former Post Office will be converted and the empty Poundstretcher demolished.

The 143m long tapestry was stitched by more than 1,000 volunteers and details the history of Scotland.

Great Tapestry of Scotland Credit: ITV Border

There are plans for other facilities in the centre including visiting exhibitions, space for education, learning and events and a café.

According to the plans, a 'passengers path' to the Tapestry from the nearby train station will be guided with works of art to increase footfall and spending in the area.

The creation of a centre to house the Great Tapestry of Scotland in Galashiels is key to a long term strategy to regenerate the town.

I see this as a hugely exciting opportunity and I'm convinced the centre will be a huge asset to Galashiels, helping us celebrate the town's considerable textile heritage and skills.

– Councillor Mark Rowley, SBC’s Executive Member for Business and Economic Development